Kabuto Smart Carry-On review: Unlock it with your fingerprint
The Kabuto Smart Carry-On is a suitcase that doubles as a laptop bag. Instead of a combination lock, the Kabuto Smart Carry-On has a biometric fingerprint sensor that you can use with up to nine fingerprints. It is TSA approved because there is a master lock that the TSA can use.
This suitcase is an airline approved 22 x 14 x 9 inch suitcase and weighs 7.94 pounds. However, you can open and enlarge it to increase its volume by 50%. Note that once you do this it is no longer small enough to continue. So you will have to register it if you are flying.
It comes with a removable 10,000mAh FAA approved battery. The battery has USB-C, USB-A, and micro-USB ports. The battery connects to the exterior zippered laptop compartment and three ports in the same configuration under the handle, but in practice it didn’t work as expected. Kabuto claims the suitcase can give you up to half the charge on your MacBook Pro or charge your best iPhone up to four times, but my experience was a little different.
Baguto Smart Carry-On
At the end of the line : Your flight companion protects your MacBook and more.
- The included 10,000mAh Li-ion battery can charge select devices on the go
- Many compartments to organize your things
- Biometric fingerprint sensor controls TSA approved lock
- An underpowered battery does not keep its promises
- The exterior laptop pocket is too small
Baguto Smart Carry-On: Pricing and availability
The Kabuto Smart Carry-On is available on the Kabuto website in a variety of colors. The expandable four-wheel version you see in my photos costs $ 771. The non-expandable four-wheel version costs $ 414. The two-wheeled version starts at $ 350 but varies depending on the color you choose.
Baguto Smart Carry-On: What is good
The Kabuto Smart Carry-On has a lot of cool features. Under the handle is the biometric fingerprint sensor. You can add up to nine fingerprints, so you don’t need a combination lock or key. This lock is TSA trusted because there is a master lock that authorities can access.
Carry two laptops in separate compartments.
There are many compartments in this hand luggage. In addition to the exterior laptop compartment designed for computers up to 13 inches, there is a laptop section in the main compartment that can hold up to a 15-inch laptop. There are two small zip pockets and four sliding pockets in the main compartment. An adjustable strap keeps your items securely in place inside the main compartment. You will find a large compartment at the bottom which is perfect for shoes or laundry.
The telescopic handle adjusts to different heights and the 360 degree wheels are smooth and quiet. On the stretch model there is a zipper just above the shoe compartment. Unzip it all around, open the telescopic handle and pull. You will have 50% more space inside the suitcase. However, at this size it is no longer sized to be carried on an airplane, so keep that in mind.
Baguto Smart Carry-On: What is not good
The battery, which connects to the charging cable in the laptop compartment, would not charge my MacBook Pro or even my iPad Pro as promised. I looked at the battery packaging and noticed that it only lists smartphones and the iPad mini on its compatibility list. So I don’t know what the use of connecting this underpowered battery to the laptop compartment is because it won’t even charge a full sized laptop or tablet. It also doesn’t ‘communicate’ with the charging port under the handle consistently, although when used independently it charges my iPhone 12 mini. I tried replacing the battery that came with the suitcase with a more powerful battery and got better results: my iPhone charged through the port on top of the suitcase and my iPad Pro charged in the outer compartment of the laptop. My MacBook Pro still won’t charge at all.
My 13-inch MacBook Pro barely fits in the exterior laptop compartment. If I plug the charging cable into it, the plug sticks just far enough that I can’t completely close the compartment! So even though the battery has charged my MacBook, it’s still not ideal, as I wouldn’t want to travel with my laptop compartment partially open. This outer compartment is more suitable for an iPad Pro, although it is not advertised that way. Another odd design choice is that the outer compartment doesn’t lock like the main compartment does, so I don’t think I would put my more expensive tech in there anyway. The interior laptop sleeve in the main compartment is a comfortable fit for my MacBook Pro and makes more sense since you can lock it.
Baguto Smart Carry-On: Competition
Topping our list of the best carry-ons is the Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage. This 20 inch wringer is sturdy and well priced. However, it lacks a laptop compartment or smart features.
If you’re looking for something smaller that you would carry and not get on a plane, consider the Waterfield Air Duffel Carry-On. This bag is small enough to be considered your “personal item”, so you don’t even have to pay for carry-on luggage. It’s sleek and well-designed, in addition to a laptop case that can hold up to a 16-inch MacBook Pro. However, it doesn’t have any smart features.
Baguto Smart Carry-On: Should we buy it?
You should buy it if …
- You want to lock your hand luggage with a biometric fingerprint sensor
- You want a cabin suitcase that can be enlarged in size
- Want to charge your iPhone on the go
You shouldn’t buy this if …
- You want to charge a MacBook or an iPad / iPad Air / iPad Pro
- You want an exterior pocket that houses anything over 13 inches
- Looking for a good deal
If you want an expandable carry-on suitcase with a biometric fingerprint sensor lock, that’s a good bet. If the charging feature is important to you and you plan to charge your MacBook or iPad, or if you want to put something larger than a 13-inch MacBook in the outer pocket, look elsewhere. It is also not a suitcase for bargain buyers.
As a suitcase, it is strong and well designed. It has nice multidirectional wheels and plenty of compartments for all your goodies. It even converts into a larger bag, containing up to 50% more stuff than in its carry-on. However, as a smart suitcase, it is a mixed bag. The biometric fingerprint sensor lock is pretty cool and works well (and didn’t let me in when I tried to “trick” it with the wrong finger.) The charging port on the outside of my suitcase just does not work at all with the supplied battery. The battery is also not powerful enough to charge anything other than a smartphone or iPad mini. When I replaced the battery with a more powerful one, the charging port and socket in the laptop compartment worked, at least for the iPhone and iPad Pro.